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Sustainability starts with a switch. Not just the changing of a light bulb, but a fundamental shift in our stewardship of the earth’s resources—and how we regard our obligation to all life on the planet, now and for future generations.

When a family, a school, small business or global corporation builds the ethic of sustainability into its culture, it creates a sense of solidarity, a feeling that all of us are working toward a common and noble goal. It infuses the vision of leaders and energizes productivity at every level.

Toward a brighter future

Changing a light bulb does make a difference. Worldwide, lighting consumes 19% of electricity. Every incandescent lamp we replace with an ENERGY STAR®–qualified bulb saves approximately 75% in energy consumption.1 They can last up to 10 times as long as traditional incandescents1, so resources are also conserved in manufacturing, transportation and building maintenance.

Conserving energy through this simple act creates ripples affecting our community, nation and the entire earth. We’re reducing the pressure to build new power plants and generating less waste for our landfills. And most important of all, we’re cutting the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

Sustainability as a culture

At Servant,we define sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

We believe that every entity, from a suburban household to a global corporation, can benefit by incorporating sustainability into everyday life and long-range planning. As Nobel laureate Al Gore said, we now have “an opportunity to experience something that few generations ever have the privilege of knowing: a common moral purpose compelling enough to lift us above our limitations…”2

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